Try kickball with cancer

Try kickball with cancer

Sometimes hardship truly reveals a person’s character. Cancer is definitely no exception. Throughout my journey with cancer there were so many people who helped me recover. Family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. Their love, words, and actions spoke volumes about their character. They reveal their identity. Before I even received my diagnosis I felt the symptoms of leukemia. The first sign was the fatigue. I was constantly tired, especially after soccer practice. But the lethargy crept in until it was ever constant. I couldn’t even walk more than 15 steps without needing to sit down. This meant that playing during...

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Surviving by a tube

Surviving by a tube

Treatment sucks. Cancer slowly takes away so many little pleasures in life, which can make it a chore to stay positive. As a child, this is only exacerbated as it feels like your entire identity gets dismantled. From school to friends, food to being carefree, everything gets sacrificed on the road to recovery. For me, one of the biggest causes of many sacrifices was my catheter. In the first week of my diagnosis, both of my arms were completely bruised from all the injections and blood draws. To prevent my veins from totally collapsing after a month, my doctors surgically...

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The Cancer Patient’s Arsenal: Medical ID Tag

The Cancer Patient’s Arsenal: Medical ID Tag

Growing up, I loved the military. Everything from camo to tanks, I had an obsession over anything army related. So when I first got my medical ID tag and saw it looked just like a dog tag, I was absolutely thrilled to finally be sporting my own real-life “military swag”. But I didn’t fully realize how this little rectangular piece of metal could save my life. With my medical information linked, a medical ID tag provided a way to communicate to paramedics and new doctors that I was undergoing treatment in the event of an emergency. It would be especially...

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Ten Thousand to One

Ten Thousand to One

While undergoing chemotherapy at pediatrics oncology, I needed to be infused with Intravenous Immunoglobulin more commonly known as IVIG. The treatment was administered every four weeks and took many hours to complete. After repeated rounds of IVIG, I became curious as to what it actually was and why it was so important to my health. My doctor smiled at me and went on to elaborate. Immunoglobulin she said, is part of your blood’s plasma and has antibodies in it to fight germs or disease. When people donate blood, this is separated out and administered to patients who are immunosuppressed. Each...

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Why I started OURA

Why I started OURA

I know people are going to ask me a lot of questions about why I started this company. Why didn’t I just enjoy college, travel or spend my time with friends and family. And quite frankly, I still ask myself that occasionally…but not too often. So why did I create OURA? Well, my parents encouraged me to find a way to give back to my community. My oncologists, doctors and nurses challenged me to share my experience on how I coped with cancer and made the best of the circumstance. Make-A-Wish had me be an ambassador and speak about my...

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